Kerres, Michael; Lahne, Melanie:

The Contribution of E-Learning to the Implementation of a Lifelong Learning Perspective in Higher Education

In: 5th International Conference in Open & Distance Learning - November 2009, Athens, Greece - Proceedings
Athen (2009), S. 29-39
ISBN: 978-960-87597-2-5
Buchaufsatz / Kapitel / Fach: Erziehungswissenschaften
The educational mandate of universities in Germany is constricted to the short life span between high
school graduation (Abitur) and career entry. This prevents an adequate response to the challenges of
“lifelong learning”. This paper discusses the implied orientation of study programs towards ‚the normal
student’ and describes the consequences of a lifelong learning perspective at universities, which
acknowledges the diversity of students and offers respective programs.
Furthermore the potential of e-learning within this context will be highlighted. It is a tool to make the
organization of study more flexible and to create open programs for target groups with different requirements, i.e. for students with professional experience and employment. Additionally, the authors
introduce the co-operative project „Study and Work: Aspects of Success of Lifelong Learning in
Higher Education (STUBE)”, which is conducted within the educational research grant program of the
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Here the participating universities develop and
apply strategies to design study programs within the paradigm of lifelong learning.